To Build or Not to Build? That Was the Question

The Cloisters provided the perfect setting for the Woodman family's dream home.



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The cozy family sitting area off the kitchen is decorated with overstuffed, cream- toned furniture and anchored by an oriental rug with muted colors.

Tricia loves to entertain and just like her father — Don Pelts, who founded Corky’s 29 years ago — she is extremely service-oriented. Presentation is all important, hence her desire for an extra-large dining room. To make this space more versatile and divide it up in a unique way, she and Pruitt settled on the solution of furnishing the room with two handsome long tables that can be used separately or put together as necessary — a moveable feast indeed.

While visiting the large kitchen — the heart of the house — we had a chance to talk to Simply Delicious’ executive-catering chef, Scott DeLarme, whose creative talents are well-known in town from his days at Lulu Grille and Owen Brennan’s. He and Tricia agree that a synergy exists between the two family businesses — Corky’s and Simply Delicious Caterings — in that the catering company aims “to meet every budget from barbecue to fine dining,” handling everything from dinners at private homes and birthday parties to corporate receptions and office lunches to weddings and bar mitzvahs. (For more information, see simplydeliciouscaterings.net.)

 

Eliminating drapes and replacing small-paned windows opened up the backyard  view of this fabulous fountain and pool.

 

Not long ago, Tricia tells us, Simply Delicious held its first corporate food tasting/fundraising event in partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis. This proved a great opportunity to utilize Simply Delicious’ catering facilities to train young people in food preparation; she hopes to do more events of this type in the future.

The Woodmans have two teenagers, Josh and Emma. Andy clearly wanted the children to be musical, judging by the instruments in the music room, including three classic guitars and a piano he gave his wife for her 30th birthday. Son Josh plays guitar (his teacher has been the famed Lily Afshar), while Emma plays the piano. The Woodmans especially love “the timeless” family photographs on the walls taken by super-talented Memphian Fran Doggrell.

Luxurious touches can be found throughout the house, such as the floral arrangements delivered every Friday by Lee Bray and Jon Jay Whitby of L & Jay Productions floral studio. In Andy’s office is a magnificent custom-made desk on which sit the vintage pipe racks that once belonged to Tricia’s beloved grandfather, Poncie. Andy wanted a punch of color in the room, so a large turquoise painting was installed on the wall behind the desk.

As we photographed this home, I found myself thinking of yet another film, I Don’t Know How She Does It, based on a book of the same name. Like the English heroine of the movie, Tricia Woodman has two children, a husband, a large household to run, and an ever-growing business to preside over (Simply Delicious catered the huge “Staxtacular” event covered in our March issue). Her energy and good humor are inspiring, although she modestly insists she is “just like everyone else.” And of course, Tricia can’t resist suggesting that for those of us who are trying “to have it all,” her company can help come to the rescue. 

 

A pop of turquoise and vintage pipe racks decorate Andy’s office.

 

Anne Cunningham O’Neill is the arts & lifestyle editor of Memphis magazine.

 

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